Rabbi Marc Schneier to speak at New Synagogue of Palm Beach

By MICHELE DARGAN Daily News Staff Writer Friday, December 26, 2008

Online PR News – 23-November-2010 – – Michele Dargan - December 26, 2008 -- Rabbi Marc Schneier can't remember a time when he didn't want to be a rabbi.

An 18th-generation rabbi, Marc Schneier is recognized worldwide for promoting understanding and peace among faiths and ethnicities.

"It's my passion," Rabbi Marc Schneier said. "My mother claims that when I was 2, I would get up on the dining room table and pretend I was preaching. I love to preach. People who think they know me always assumed that I was running for political office. People who really know me know that my great love is being a rabbi and the privilege of being there for people."

His mother, Donna Schneier Goldberg and husband, Leonard, live in Manalapan after buying a house there a year ago.

Rabbi Marc Schneier, who was named last year by Newsweek magazine as one of America's top 50 rabbis, will speak at The New Synagogue of Palm Beach in the roof garden of the Palm Beach Hotel at 10:30 a.m. today.

Rabbi Marc Schneier has a long history and affiliation with New Synagogue founder S. Daniel Abraham.

"Rabbi Marc Schneier is famous for his speeches and for his communal work around the world in the Jewish community," said Gabriel Ohayon, executive director of The New Synagogue of Palm Beach. "We're very honored to have him speaking at our synagogue."

Rabbi Marc Schneier has a long list of credits to his name regarding promoting understanding among different faiths and ethnicities. He is chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section and is a past president of the North American Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Marc Schneier is the founding rabbi and leader of the Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach and the New York Synagogue in Manhattan and splits his time between the two.

Rabbi Marc Schneier will speak about "change" as it relates to several topics, including President-elect Barack Obama and alleged Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernard Madoff. Schneier, an Obama supporter, will be at the inauguration and will take part in several events leading up to it.

"Obama rightly sensed what the American people wanted was change and change was not only heard in America it was heard around the world," Rabbi Marc Schneier said. "This year alone, the democratic governments of Germany, England, France, Italy all had change in their leadership, and in six to seven weeks, we're going to have a change in the leadership of the government of the State of Israel. Change. Change. Change."

Rabbi Marc Schneier said he will point out that change is a double-edged sword.

"Change can be very bewildering and frightening, especially during a time of radical change through this economic crisis," Rabbi Marc Schneier said. "During this time of rapid change, we need the wisdom to cling to those things that do not change, namely family, compassion, faith, prayer, the ability to improve our lives to make the world a better place. These are things that do not change."

The Madoff scandal, Rabbi Marc Schneier said, has ignited a rash of anti-Semitic talk worldwide. Rabbi Marc Schneier and Palm Beach resident Ronald Lauder, who is president of the World Jewish Congress, convened a meeting last week to address the repercussions.

"The calls that we're receiving from our leadership in Europe, in Russia, in Kazakhstan, in Latin America, regarding increased anti-Semitic chatter, rhetoric and diatribe as a result of this 'scandal of the century.' This whole scandal has fueled the fire of our community being scapegoated for the financial ills and woes of the world. They are looking to focus blame as a result of this whole financial meltdown worldwide."

Rabbi Marc Schneier said he has congregants who have been hurt as a result of the alleged scheme.

"I point out to them, look at the family and friends you are blessed with, look at the support system," he said. "Instead of exaggerating one's troubles, we need to magnify our blessings."

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